Variability-selected quasars behind the Small Magellanic Cloud Academic Article uri icon


  • We present follow-up spectroscopic observations of quasar candidates in the Small Magellanic Cloud selected by L. Eyer from the OGLE database. Of 12 observed objects identified as "QSO candidates," five are confirmed as quasars, with emission redshifts ranging from 0.28 to 2.16. Two of these quasars were also recently identified independently in the MACHO database by Geha et al. We discuss the prospects of using the variability-based selection technique for quasar searches behind other dense stellar fields. An additional criterion utilizing a color-color diagram should reduce the number of stars in the candidate lists.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Dobrzycki, A., Macri, L. M., Stanek, K. Z., & Groot, P. J.

citation count

  • 31

complete list of authors

  • Dobrzycki, A||Macri, LM||Stanek, KZ||Groot, PJ

publication date

  • March 2003